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  • 1. Welcome to Miss MacNeill’s 1 st Grade! Kutz Back to School Night
  • 2. Questions? <ul><li>Please feel free to write down any questions/comments you may have throughout this presentation! </li></ul><ul><li>Please include your name and email address on your card. </li></ul><ul><li>You may place questions in the box on the back table afterwards! </li></ul><ul><li>I will be more than happy to answer your questions at my earliest convenience! </li></ul>
  • 3. Parents and Teachers I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptors there, The clay they used was a young child’s mind And they fashioned it with care. One was a teacher, the tools she used Were books and music and art One was a parent with a guiding hand And a gentle, loving heart. And when at last their work was done They were proud of what they had wrought For the things they had worked into the child Could never be sold or bought. And each agreed she would have failed If she had worked alone For behind the parents stood the school, And behind the teacher stood the home.
  • 4. First Grade Curriculum Reading <ul><li>Houghton Mifflin Reading Series: Incorporates phonics and reading strategies (listen to story on wikispace ) </li></ul><ul><li>Centers: Participate in independent learning activities that reinforce skills across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Guided Reading: Small groups based on similar strengths/needs. Flexible as skills develop </li></ul><ul><li>(Comprehension Example #1) </li></ul>
  • 5. First Grade Curriculum Reading Example #1 - Comprehension <ul><li>Read the article carefully </li></ul><ul><li>What is it about? </li></ul><ul><li>Laundry!!!!!  </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehension is key! </li></ul><ul><li>Just because you are proficient in reading, doesn’t mean you have mastered comprehension!  </li></ul>
  • 6. First Grade Curriculum Reading <ul><li>Please see reading continuum in packet (pgs. 6 and 7)! </li></ul><ul><li>During conferences in November, I will highlight where students are </li></ul><ul><li>See growth/progress </li></ul><ul><li>Important: Children develop at different rates </li></ul>
  • 7. First Grade Curriculum Writing Example #2 Guess&amp;Go/Decoding <ul><li>What does it mean????? </li></ul><ul><li>Didaskaleinophobia </li></ul><ul><li>Can you say this word????? </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of school </li></ul><ul><li>This is a perfect example of stretching out words and “guess and go!”  </li></ul>
  • 8. First Grade Curriculum Writing <ul><li>Spelling Connections (pg. 10): Spelling/handwriting program that develops sound-symbol awareness, teaches spelling patterns and word families, and supports sight word vocabulary development </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage “GUESS AND GO” spelling (helps develop skills, stretch out words, makes them become conventional spellers) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tools” to help with writing: nametag, word wall, posters </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Monday, pretest Monday, test Friday </li></ul>
  • 9. First Grade Curriculum Writing <ul><li>Please see writing continuum in packet (pgs. 8 and 9)! </li></ul><ul><li>During conferences in November, I will highlight where students are </li></ul><ul><li>See growth/progress </li></ul><ul><li>Important: Children develop at different rates </li></ul>
  • 10. First Grade Curriculum Math <ul><li>Everyday Mathematics Program </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Profile of Progress/Math Rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Secure Skills Checklist (not all secure) </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>See examples in packet! </li></ul>
  • 11. First Grade Curriculum Math <ul><li>Please see secure skills checklist in packet (pg. 11) </li></ul><ul><li>See math rubric in packet (pg. 12) </li></ul><ul><li>See Individual Profile of Progress in packet (pg. 13 - will be attached to each unit test) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please note that not all skills should be secure (highlighted area) </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. First Grade Curriculum Social Studies <ul><li>All About Me </li></ul><ul><li>Map Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Americans </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons of Cultures: China and Mexico </li></ul>
  • 13. First Grade Curriculum Science <ul><li>Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s Looking at You 2000 (Anti-smoking/Alcohol Awareness Unit w/emphasis on building self-esteem) </li></ul><ul><li>Magnets </li></ul><ul><li>Animal Habitats and Classification </li></ul>
  • 14. First Grade Curriculum School Goals <ul><li>1. Quality Work – w/time, thought, effort, and meaningful understanding </li></ul><ul><li>2. Interact Appropriately – respect and kindness </li></ul><ul><li>3. Aware of Special Needs, Talents, and Challenges – everyone gets what they need (FAIR) </li></ul>
  • 15. General Information Teacher Contact Info. <ul><li>*Email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://mmacneill.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>Voicemail: 267-893-3957 </li></ul><ul><li>Please put any notes for me in the blue homework folder! </li></ul>
  • 16. General Information Specials <ul><li>Monday – Music </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday – Library (bring back books) </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday – Art </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday – Computers (headphones) </li></ul><ul><li>Friday – Gym (sneakers, NO CROCS!) </li></ul>
  • 17. General Information Homework <ul><li>10 minutes/night – district policy </li></ul><ul><li>Check blue folder each night </li></ul><ul><li>Math homework in yellow booklet (only complete page that is dated) </li></ul>
  • 18. General Information Thursday Folders <ul><li>Every Thursday a white folder will come home w/important notices/papers </li></ul><ul><li>Empty contents, sign, and return Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Return any papers in the BLUE homework folder, NOT the Thursday folder. </li></ul>
  • 19. General Information Reading Envelope <ul><li>Some students will bring home a brown envelope containing a book </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your child to read the book to you </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated readings boost your child’s self-confidence as well as improve sight word vocab, fluency, and comprehension. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign enclosed sheet and return next day </li></ul>
  • 20. General Information Enrichment/Extra Support Assignments <ul><li>When appropriate, I will send home either an optional enrichment activity or practice assignments </li></ul>
  • 21. General Information Important Reminders <ul><li>Students must have a note stating any transportation changes </li></ul><ul><li>Please send in an excuse note w/your child after an absence </li></ul><ul><li>Please remember to give your child a snack each day (lunchtime is 12:45) </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to send a b.day treat (22 kids) </li></ul>
  • 22. Classroom Discipline Policy Classroom Rules <ul><li>1. Be kind </li></ul><ul><li>2. Be respectful </li></ul><ul><li>3. Be responsible </li></ul><ul><li>4. Follow directions </li></ul>
  • 23. Classroom Discipline Policy Individual Behavior Plan <ul><li>1 st warning = name on board w/a check </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd warning = 2 nd check next to name </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd warning = fish out of the bowl and red note home to be signed and returned the following school day </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement = fish back in the bowl </li></ul><ul><li>Fish in bowl at end of day = star on incentive chart in blue homework folder </li></ul><ul><li>See examples! </li></ul>
  • 24. Classroom Discipline Policy Rewards and Behavior Incentives <ul><li>Once incentive chart in blue folder is complete, students choose prize </li></ul><ul><li>Lonny the Lobster’s Friend (see previous examples) </li></ul><ul><li>Table groups earn stars for lunch w/teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Kutz Kudo drawing in office each Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly goal met to earn free time Friday </li></ul>
  • 25. Please Welcome Our Homeroom Moms! <ul><li>Mrs. Byrd </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Schumaker </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Cox </li></ul>
  • 26. An Apple for YOU! <ul><li>An apple for the teacher… </li></ul><ul><li>It’s really nothing new. </li></ul><ul><li>Except when you remember, </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are teachers too! </li></ul>
  • 27. <ul><li>Thank you all for dedicating your time to your child’s academics! Here’s to a fantastic year in 1 st grade!  </li></ul><ul><li>Place your “question/comment card” in the box on the back table!  </li></ul><ul><li>Please leave your child a note!  </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to walk around and find your child’s work!  </li></ul>

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